10 Books On My Nightstand {2017 Reading List}

This year, one of my goals was to finally get to reading all those books I purchased from Amazon last year.  Thanks to my toddler and baby it’s been a bit difficult (#momlife), but I’m trying to be intentional about scrolling less and reading more.  So far I’ve started two books this year and have actually been making some progress (yay me!!!).

Here are 10 books that I am looking forward to reading {and I’ll be happy if I read half of them haha}:

  1. The Zookeepers Wife by Diane Ackerman
    This book kept popping up on people’s “must read” lists so I knew I had to add it to mine.  While it was a little hard to get into initially, you can’t help but be captivated by this true story about about the Warsaw Zoo keepers and how they saved hundreds of lives from the Nazis.  Plus it’s now a major motion picture staring Jessica Chastain set to be released at the end of this month.
  2. Make It Happen by Lara Casey
    This year I started using Lara Casey’s Cultivate What Matters monthly goal planner to help me stay on track with my goals without becoming overwhelmed.  I’ve seen that little by little I am making progress on my goals.  I am excited to dive into her book to learn even more tools to live on purpose.
  3. Grace-Based Parenting by Dr. Tim Kimmel
    I don’t know about you, but I really don’t know how to do this whole motherhood things very well, which is why I put this book on my list.  This book is all about a parenting style that teaches our little ones about God’s love and forgiveness and teaches parents how to build a foundation for morally and spiritually motivated children.
  4. Grace, Not Perfection by Emily Ley
    As any busy mama has learned, we really can’t do it all.  Emily talks about reaching for a standard of grace, not perfection and how to simplify our lives, organize, and prioritize the important stuff.
  5. The Circle by Dave Eggers
    This is another soon-to-be released in theaters book staring Tom Hanks (ummm who doesn’t love a Tom Hanks film!?) and Emma Watson about a girl hired to work at the world’s most powerful internet company (ahem Google), but it isn’t all that it seemed to be in the beginning
  6. The Happy Sleeper by Heather Turgeon MFT and Julie Wright MFT
    So I actually already read this book when we were sleep “training” Reese, but of course my sleep-deprived brain forgot what I read.  So I am currently re-reading this as we start to sleep train Norah.  I really liked that it was a middle-ground between attachment parenting and the cry-it-out method and it actually worked really well for us.
  7. Siblings Without Rivalry by Adele Faber and Elaine Mazlish
    Because toddlers amiright? I’ve heard great things about this book from several moms and now that Norah is becoming more active and starting to “grab” things from her big sister, Reese is getting a little territorial.  I grew up with 3 siblings myself so I know how important it is to have the tools to help your kids learn how to resolve conflict, encourage cooperation, and actually enjoy being siblings.
  8. Truly Madly Guilty by Liane Moriarty
    I’ve read several of her other books, including the now-turned HBO miniseries Big Little Lies staring Reese Witherspoon, Nicole Kidman, and Shailene Woodley, and they are always an entertaining beach-perfect read. Plus I read that Reese and Nicole bought the rights to this book as well so it’s gotta be good.
  9. The Magnolia Story by Chip and Joanna Gaines
    This is kind of an obvious choice because who doesn’t want to be Chip and Jo’s best friend? And have them remodel their home? They seem like such genuine and down to earth people and I know this book is going to make us all love them even more.
  10. All the Missing Girls by Megan Miranda
    This thriller is being compared to Gone Girl and Girl on the Train, both of which I couldn’t put down. Hence, it has made its way onto my list.

What books are you currently reading or do you have on your “must read” list? I am always looking for good recommendations so let me know in the comments below! Happy reading!


Tanisha at LL805

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